This year's rather capricious weather prevailing in August was reflected in the number of people who decided to visit the Samaria Gorge this month. Short breaks in the accessibility of the route clearly adversely affected tourist traffic statistics. Compared to the same period last year, the number of visitors was lower by approximately 6.3%. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that the total number of nearly 32.5 thousand. tourists who have decided to take a trip to the Samaria Gorge are simply impressive. It also means that on average, each day the place was visited by more than a thousand people. Samaria is undoubtedly one of the most important tourist attractions of this part of Crete.
More detailed tourist traffic data is as follows. From the upper entrance of Xyloskalo located on the side of the Omalos plateau in August, less than 30,000 benefited. people. The lower cash point located near the former village of Agia Roumeli recorded traffic at the level of 2.5 thousand. people.
It is quite possible that in future holiday seasons, the new fire protection regulations may be another factor influencing tourist traffic restrictions. We wrote about them in one of our latest news. These provisions limit the accessibility to the Samaria Gorge in the event of a high fire risk forecast in the Chania region. More information on this subject can be found in the news below.